Home Remedies for Cat Deterrents

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If living with your cat is a danger to your furniture or the neighbor’s kitty is driving your pooch nuts, you may need to learn how to control the felines in your life a little better. There is no need to use chemicals and pull out drastic measures. All you need is a few home remedies for cat deterrents to make life a little easier.

Cat Deterrent Home Remedies

Not everyone is a cat lover and sometimes, you just need a way to keep felines out of your yard, garden, and other outdoor spaces. Luckily, there are safe ways to send cats running in the opposite direction when you use the following home remedies for cat deterrents:

a) Coffee Grounds and Orange Peels [1]:

Keep cats out of your garden by spreading a mix of orange peels and used coffee grounds around your plants. The mix also doubles as a good fertilizer.

b) Mothballs:

Tossing old mothballs around your garden and flowerbeds will help keep cats and other critters away – they do not like the smell.

c) Red Pepper:

If you have a cat that likes to scratch up all of your furniture, try sprinkling ground red pepper on a strip of tape and attach it to the places that your cats like to claw. They do not like the smell and will avoid these areas like the plague.

d) Vinegar:

Deter kitty scratching or keep them from entering off-limits rooms, sprinkle undiluted white vinegar around the area or object you’d like left alone. Vinegar is not a cat’s favorite scent, so they will avoid visiting these locations. You can also prevent cats from using a child’s sandbox as their litter box by pouring vinegar around the box. To make sure no accidents occur, reapply every two months.

e) Aluminum Foil:

Keep a cat from clawing at your furniture by wrapping chair legs and other parts with aluminum foil. They do not like the feel of the material on their claws.

f) Hot Sauce:

Protect your woodwork by deterring cat scratching with a little bit of hot sauce rubbed into the material. Buff the sauce well and watch as your cat avoids the wood.

g) Double-Sided Tape:

Wrap the legs of your favorite chairs with double-sided tape to keep cats from scratching at your furniture. Since they don’t like the way the tape feels on their claws, they will stop their destructive ways – on that piece of furniture at least. Also place the tape on places you don’t want your cat walking around or on, such as the kitchen countertop.

h) Wheatgrass:

Deter your cat from eating your plants by adding potted wheatgrass for your cat to nibble on. Place close to your plants, which your pet will prefer over the greenery you’d like to protect.

i) Spray Water Bottle:

To deter bad cat behavior, have a spray bottle filled with water that you can spritz in their face when they do something naughty.

j) Compressed Air:

If you have a can of compressed air (the kind used to clean computer keyboards), use to stop a cat from doing something bad. Felines do not like the feeling of air on their faces [2].

k) Laser Pointer:

Deter destructive behavior by keeping your cat mentally and physically fit with stimulation. A laser pointer is an effective choice. Shine the red dot light on your wall and your cat will chase it around.

l) Wire:

To protect your garden from invading cats, spread a roll of wire across the entry points to your fruits and vegetables, and spray the perimeter with a solution of boiled orange peels.

m) Noisy Soda Cans:

Cats aren’t fond of loud, rattling noises that startle them. You can use this to your advantage for a feline that likes to dance on top of your countertops. Place a few coins or beans in a couple of soda cans, tie them together, and line them up along the edge of the counter. When the cat jumps up, he or she will knock down the cans – thus sending them running in the opposite direction.

n) Petroleum Jelly:

To keep mischievous cats from climbing on birdhouse poles, spread petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) on the pole.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 135.
[2] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 544.